Hushovd wins first stage of Tour of Beijing
Cyclists race near the finish line for the last stage of the UCI Tour of Beijing cycling competitions held in Beijing Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Published Friday, October 11, 2013 6:59AM EDT
BEIJING -- Norwegian cyclist Thor Hushovd won the first stage of the Tour of Beijing for BMC on Friday.
Hushovd, known for his sprinting, took advantage of the flat, 190-kilometre stage northeast of Beijing from Shunyi Olympic Rowing Park to Huairou Studio City.
After more than four hours racing, Hushovd took the red jersey, with Luka Mezgec of Slovenia second and Nikolas Maes of Belgium third.
The five-stage tour ends on Tuesday, having added about 250 kilometres from 2012.